New York Rangers blown out by Devils 7-4; Panarin shaken up
The New York Rangers went into New Jersey to face the Devils with their new additions and things started out well.
New York took a 2-0 lead after the first period with Andrew Copp earning his first point on an Adam Fox goal. But that was the extent of the good times because the New Jersey Devils scored five in the second period and blew the doors off the Blueshirts.
Recap: Devils 7 vs Rangers 4
The New Jersey Devils scored five times in the second period and rallied for a 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers Tuesday night in Newark, N.J.
Dawson Mercer scored the tiebreaking goal for the Devils with 7:20 remaining in the second period. Jack Hughes scored twice for New Jersey.
Ryan Graves started the comeback 7:12 into the second and P.K. Subban scored the tying goal 78 seconds later.
After Mercer scored, Tomas Tatar tallied after being originally credited with New Jersey’s first goal. Yegor Sharangovich tallied late in the second and Hughes scored twice in 71 seconds midway through the third as New Jersey halted an eight-game losing streak to New York.
Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier collected two assists apiece for the Devils, who were outscored 36-14 in their previous eight meetings with the Rangers.
Mika Zibanejad and Adam Fox scored in the opening 20 minutes for the Rangers, who were coming off an impressive back-to-back road sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes. Ryan Strome and Chris Kreider also scored for the Rangers.
New Jersey rookie goalie Nico Daws made 31 saves.
New York’s Igor Shesterkin allowed five goals on 24 shots. Alexandar Georgiev replaced Shesterkin and made five saves.
Rangers good start falls apart
Zibanejad opened the scoring 7:10 in by putting a wrist shot from the left side into the vacated side of the net.
Fox scored nearly seven minutes later with a wrister from the middle of the right circle but after that the Devils capitalized on a porous New York defense.
Graves blasted a long wrister from the left faceoff circle to open the scoring for New Jersey moments after Fox committed a defensive zone turnover. The goal was helped by a Devils forward pushing Shesterkin’s pad back toward the net.
Subban tied it with 11 1/2 minutes left when his slap shot through traffic sailed by Shesterkin moments after New York defenseman Jacob Trouba coughed the puck up behind the net.
The Devils went ahead when Mercer eluded Zibanejad and slipped the rebound of a Graves shot into the vacated left side. New Jersey scored again 33 seconds later when Tatar got a long pass from Bratt through the slot and buried the puck into the left side of the net.
After Bratt’s goal was overturned due to an offsides call with 6:05 remaining, Sharangovich flicked a wrist shot from the left side over Shesterkin with less than two minutes to go in the second to make it 5-2.
No comeback, Panarin shaken up
Strome made it 5-3 by redirecting a shot by Artemi Panarin 3:46 into the third but Hughes finished it off moments after Kreider fanned on a shorthanded 2-on-1 rush. He then added another 1:10 later to make sure the game stayed out of reach.
“I just thought we fell asleep,” Ryan Strome said.
Chris Kreider did score his 42nd goal of the season on the Rangers only power play of the game.
The Rangers did get a bit of a scare when Artemi Panarin collided with Sharangovich in the third period. He was slow to the get up and went to the locker-room but returned to play one more shift before calling it a night. No additional updates were provided.
“First period was good and then we sort of did the unwritten rule of turning pucks over and it cost us two or three goals,” a calm Gerard Gallant said afterwards. “We looked mentally tired. We just didn’t have it the rest of the way.”
- Igor Shesterkin stopped 19 of 24 and was pulled after two periods
- Andrew Copp picked up two assists in his Rangers debut
- Tyler Motte picked up 4 shots and 3 hits with an even rating in 13:06
- Justin Braun was a -2 in 17:30
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Next Game: Friday, Mar. 25 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7:00 PM ET – TV: MSG+, NHLN)
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